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Donkey Kong
ドンキーコング
July 1981








 

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How high can you get? Well, it's hard to say. Besides, we can't worry about such things now. First we should introduce Mario - or rather "Jumpman" as he is here called.
The crazed King Kong - sorry, Donkey Kong - has bagged Jumpman's slender girlfriend, and is keeping her hostage atop various sections of a construction site. He keeps her at his side to give our man that little extra incentive, but as soon as he gets anywhere near her, Kong snags her by the waist, and darts upwards into the next stage. Fear not, you do get to 'rescue' her at the end of the fourth screen - but the game immediately loops back to the beginning, but on the faster 'L-02' setting. So, as we were saying: how high can you get?
Donkey Kong is a hearty slice of gaming history. It was Nintendo's first major release, and it caused quite a stir when it first appeared back in 1981. No surprise though: not only is it a superb game, it also presented players with four different levels to tackle. Yes, four. No mean feat for the period - most maze and platform games only offered one.
The aim of each level is to make it to the top of the screen while avoiding waves of oncoming obstacles - most of which come from the hand of your nemesis. It gets tricky real quick, and the amazing thing is that seeing how old Donkey Kong is, it still plays a mean game... Slick, cute, and even puzzle-like.
Pure genius. It was, of course, the first game to be designed by Shigeru Miyamoto - it is pregnant with ideas and already bears all of the hallmarks of a timeless Nintendo classic. Amazing, given the modest team that created it: Miyamoto as designer, the late Gumpei Yokoi as hardware consultant, five programmers, and Hirokazu Tanaka as music composer.
Next up for Nintendo? Donkey Kong Jr. (1982), and then Mario Bros. (1983). The rest is history.
 
 

Arcade (1981)
 

Famicom (1983)
 

Game Boy (1994)
 

 
Donkey Kong
ドンキーコング
FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 15 July 1983
Publisher Nintendo
Product ID HVC-DK
Size (cm) 12.5 x 8.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Here it is: the game that kick started the Famicom revolution.
This original 'red' print is now near impossible to find in good condition...

Small-size cardboard FC packaging, 25Kb cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Donkey Kong
ドンキーコング
FAMICOM (RESALE EDITION)
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released ?
Publisher Nintendo
Product ID HVC-DK
Size (cm) 12.5 x 8.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
'Silver Box' re-release of the Famicom milestone.
Again - mint condition copies are a nightmare to get hold of, but unboxed cartridges are a dime a dozen - please contact us if you're just after the cart!

Cardboard packaging, 25Kb cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Donkey Kong
ドンキーコング
GAME BOY
DETAILS
Format Game Boy
Released 14 June 1994
Publisher Nintendo
Product ID DMG-QDA
Size (cm) 9.5 x 12.1 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Ingenious remix of the original Donkey Kong arcade game featuring all-new stages, battery back up, and tons of little extras here and there. One of the best games for the old Game Boy!
Super Game Boy compatible.

Large size GB cardboard packaging, 4Mbit cartridge, booklet.

Donkey Kong Nintendo Kōshiki Guide Book
ドンキーコング 任天堂公式ガイドブック
WONDER LIFE SPECIAL
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 20 Aug 1994
Publisher Shogakukan
Product ID ISBN4-09-102485-8
Size (cm) 18.2 x 12.8 x 0.9 (B6)
Weight (kg) 0.16
PRICE
STATUS
Official APE guide book for the Game Boy update, featuring an in-depth walkthrough of every stage with screenshots and strategies for every level, and a small tribute manga and 'Making of Donkey Kong' interview at the end.

112 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Donkey Kong
ドンキーコング
FAMICOM MINI 02
DETAILS
Format Game Boy Advance
Released 14 Feb 2004
Publisher Nintendo
Product ID AGB-FDKJ-JPN
Size (cm) 8 x 10.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.06
PRICE
STATUS
Celebrational re-release of the FC Donkey Kong for the GBA.
Vol.2 of the Famicom Mini re-issue collection, celebrating the Famicom's 20th anniversary.

Clear plastic case contains cartridge in miniature FC box and large fold-out manual.

 



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